Gubernatorial candidate fires up crowd
The Southwest Missouri Tea Party hosted a meet and greet forum for Bill Randels, Republican candidate for Governor of Missouri, at the American Legion Hall on Thursday night.
Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, incumbent, and Gary Davis, Republican candidate for Southern Commissioner were also guest speakers.
Pete Henderson, president of the Southwest Missouri Tea Party, opened the event with introductions of dignitaries in attendance. Moderators for the evening were Bruce Ringger and Ed Johnson.
Epperly began by explaining the background of the sheriff's office and his responsibilities. Many of those include civil process/serving papers, answering calls in the county, overseeing reserve officers, the county jail, concealed carry permit requests and monitoring sex offenders.
Davis, a lifelong resident of southwest Missouri and a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent, said he is familiar with working with many governmental agencies, budgets and management. Davis believes in a small, efficient government, public safety and increasing citizen involvement with the government. His responses to questions indicated a strong understanding of the responsibilities of the position.
Randles, an ordained minister and a Harvard-educated lawyer, began his presentation by explaining the perils of the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act.
Randles said the broadest reach of federal power has typically come from the commerce clause. Power beyond the commerce clause is taxation.
"The power to tax is the power to control," Randles said. "This is not a good outcome of this ruling."
Randles believes Medicaid will become the only healthcare in the future.
Randles took issue with Governor Jay Nixon's support of Obama's policies such as taking a federal grant that requires Missouri to advertise for more welfare recipients and his attempt to pass Affordable Care Act via executive order.
"All of these leftist policies are about control," Randles said.
Randles took the stance that citizens must resist the intrusion of the federal government on their rights and personal lives. He believes in the right to work, judicial reform and comprehensive regulatory reform.
On unfunded federal mandates, Randles said, "Keep your money, we won't enforce your rules here."
He also told citizens to say "no" to "super-Medicaid" and develop a plan for Missouri.
Randles stated he wanted to give power back to parents, giving vouchers to each parent to decide how best to use it for their child/children's education, whether it was public school, charter schools or home-schooling.
Randles also addressed the issue of Agenda 21, a comprehensive blueprint of action to be taken globally, nationally, and locally by organizations of the UN, governments, and major groups in every area in which humans directly affect the environment. Randles feels that Missouri should work to eliminate "this U.N. intrusion."
Randles is also in favor of the Fair Tax, and with it, the elimination of the income tax.